As they look forward to the short trip to Spelthorne Sports on Saturday, when plenty of away support is expected, Ashford have been given an extra boost by the news that Dan Fleming has recovered from injury and will be back in the fold for tomorrow’s key clash, leaving Ben Murray with a virtually injury free squad from which to choose his line-up.

It sounds fanciful but it can be argued that West Middlesex has become something of a local hot bed of football over the last few seasons, with clubs such as Hanworth Villa, Bedfont Sports, Staines Lammas, CB Hounslow and others all emerging from intermediate football and Ashford’s opponents on Saturday, Spelthorne Sports, are the latest example.  Spelthorne were promoted at the end of last season from Division One of the CCL and have made a more than solid start to life in the Premier Division, despite a little hiccup in the last few matches.

Their current manager of course is Paul Johnson who played for Ashford over several seasons, making a total of 265 appearances and scoring 52 goals in the process, before leaving the club at the end of the Mark Butler era.  Paul still plays and if any club is aware of his quality it is Ashford.  Off the field, the Club achieved miracles in a very short time in bringing its ground up to the desired standard and it will be interesting to see if they intend to commit to the significant additional work that would be required if they were to move up to Step 4 football.  Other ex-Ashford players at Spelthorne Sports include Lee Simpson, Shane Graham and more recently Harry Driver and Perry Luckins.

The match kicks off at 3.00 p.m. as usual and just in case anyone is not aware, the address of the ground is Spelthorne Sports Club, 296 Staines Road West, Ashford Common, TW15 1RY.  The ground can only be entered on the left as you come from a Sunbury direction.

Other matches tomorrow include table toppers Cove who are away to Colliers Wood United, the latter incidentally having won every single home game since we managed to win there right at the start of the season, whilst Molesey entertain Raynes Park Vale, who won at Guildford in the week.  Camberley are away to Chertsey.

Coming up next week, we shall be away to Chessington & Hook United on Tuesday evening in the 2nd Round of the Southern Combination Challenge Cup whilst on Thursday we have a “Meet the Players” evening.  All the players will be present and a warm invitation is extended to all Ashford supporters to come along, especially if you have been kind enough to sponsor an individual player.  For the first time ever, just about every player has been sponsored, which is an indication of the “feel good” factor at the Club at the moment, and it will be good to see an excellent turn out.